n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Cutaneous manifestations of HIV / AIDS : part 2 : dermatology




Extracted from text ... MARCH 2005 THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN JOURNAL OF HIV MEDICINE 12 CUTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF HIV / AIDS : PART 2 DERMATOLOGY The insidious damage to the immune system by the human immunodeficiency virus results in increasing susceptibility to opportunistic viral infections. These can be localised, widespread, confined to the skin, or systemic. They can cause mild though disfiguring lesions such as molluscum contagiosum (MCV), or lead to life-threatening infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV-induced squamous cell carcinoma. Viral opportunistic infections represent activation of subclinical infection (e.g. HPV, MCV) or reactivation of latent infection, e.g. herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 and ..


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